Marine Conservation Volunteer Program in Croatia - Split
Ready to put on your wetsuit and jump into Marine Conservation volunteering in Croatia? International Volunteer HQ’s Marine Conservation project allows volunteers to gain scuba diving experience and certifications while protecting underwater sea life on the sparkling Mediterranean coast. Volunteers will be placed with local dive schools that undertake a range of conservation activities to help keep the ocean environment clean and reduce marine pollution.
- Programs start every Monday
- Affordable fees from £779 for 1 week
- Includes accommodation, meals, airport pick up, orientation and 24/7 support
Protect and preserve underwater wildlife
Explore the sunny Croatian coast
Stay in a fun, modern hostel
Who is this program suited to?
What to expect and how you'll make an impact
When you think of the Croatian coast, chances are you’ll picture clear Mediterranean waters, beaches full of swimmers and an abundance of beautiful sea life. While this is often the reality, it requires plenty of work from dedicated marine conservationists and volunteers to keep the water clean and reduce sea pollution.
As a Marine Conservation volunteer, you’ll help a local dive school to restore and maintain the natural state of the marine ecosystem around Croatia. You’ll be learning and using your scuba diving skills to make a real difference with ocean clean-ups and other activities that help the natural ecosystem stay as pristine as possible.
When you’re qualified to dive you can take part in a range of conservation activities including:
- Collecting marine debris from the sea
- Logging information about items collected
- Learning about the marine environment and how to protect it
- Observing and identifying fish and other marine life
Depending on the time of the year, and after you earn your certification, you can also join a local scuba diving centre on underwater clean-up weekends in more remote areas around Split.
Please note in your application if you have any existing dive certifications. If you do, you will need to send a copy of these along with your diving log book through to the local team in Croatia prior to your program starting. All volunteers are also required to provide a medical certificate which clears them for diving. You can choose to support this project for 1-4 weeks between the months of May to November.
Why do Marine Conservation volunteering in Split with IVHQ?
While volunteering on the Marine Conservation project in Croatia you’ll be adding value to the local community, while also developing personally and professionally by:
- Repairing and maintaining marine ecosystems
- Protecting marine biodiversity and reducing pollution
- Gaining scuba experience and certification
- Developing your communication skills
- Immersing yourself fully in the Croatian culture
- Discovering Split’s incredible natural beauty
All volunteers on the Marine Conservation project in Croatia are required to provide a medical certificate which clears them for diving.
Volunteers need to be 16 years or over to participate on this project, unless volunteering with a parent or guardian, in which case the minimum age is 10.
All volunteers must speak fluent English, have adequate volunteer travel insurance and provide a recent criminal background check.
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Scuba diving certifications
On the Marine Conservation project in Croatia all volunteers complete the internationally-recognised Scuba Schools International (SSI) diving certifications. Your Program Fee covers the cost of the required online and in-person training, full scuba equipment hire and volunteer supervision from an experienced dive instructor. The specific certification you complete will depend on your diving experience and the length of your stay. Courses range from Scuba Diver through to Open Water Diver, and can include specialty courses such as Marine Ecology and Fish Identification. These are suitable for complete beginners to experienced divers.
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The IVHQ Croatia volunteer program is based in Split, a vibrant seaside spot on the Mediterranean coast and the second largest city in Croatia. This is a golden opportunity to volunteer in Europe in a place high up on every traveller’s bucket list. Split is a popular tourist hub because of its scenic ocean views, rich culture and authentic Croatian feel.
Volunteer placements are located in and around Split. While it is a well developed city, it does have pockets of under-served communities, social and environmental issues and local initiatives that need volunteer help. By choosing to volunteer here, you’ll be supporting community-led projects that focus on providing opportunities to improve the livelihoods and wellbeing of the people that call Split home.
Arrival and orientation
The Croatia volunteer program begins every Monday, and you need to arrive in Split on the Sunday before your chosen start date.
After you have registered for the program, please book your flights to arrive at Split International Airport (SPU). The cost of your airport pick-up is included in your Program Fee. When you arrive, you will be greeted at the airport by a member of the local team and taken to the volunteer accommodation, approximately 40 minutes away. Your accommodation is covered by your Program Fee and includes the night before your program orientation.
If you are travelling in Croatia prior to your volunteer program, we can arrange for you to be picked up from a meeting point in Split on the Sunday before your program start date. You are also free to make your own way to the volunteer accommodation.
On Monday, orientation is hosted by our local team in Croatia and runs for a full day. Orientation covers everything you need to know for your volunteer program in Croatia – an introduction to Croatia, Croatian customs, rules and expectations, safety, travel opportunities in Croatia, and an introduction to your project and placement. The orientation will also give you a chance to meet other volunteers and swap contact details for weekend travel and socialising.
Volunteer schedule example
A volunteer day is subject to change depending on your specific project and placement. A typical daily schedule might be as follows:
|8:00 - 10:00 AM||Breakfast is served at the restaurant next door to volunteer accommodation.|
|9:00 AM||Volunteers with a morning shift travel to placement to join local placement staff and begin work on your project.|
|12:00 - 2:30 PM||Lunch is served at the restaurant next door to volunteer accommodation.|
|2:30 PM||Volunteers with an afternoon or evening shift travel to placement to join local placement staff and begin work on their project.|
|7:30 - 9.00 PM||Dinner at the restaurant next door to volunteer accommodation. After dinner you will have the remainder of the evening free to relax and use as you wish.|
Accommodation and WiFi
Volunteers are accommodated in a dormitory-style hostel located in Split, about a 10 minute walk from the city centre and from the famous Bačvice beach. You can expect to share a room with up to twenty two other people. Dorms will usually be arranged by gender, however at busy times shared-gender dorms are also utilized.
Every volunteer will have access to their own locker to store valuables and other personal belongings, free WiFi and air conditioning. Volunteers have access to a large indoor common space which has a TV, music system, computers, vending machine, book exchange and board games. There is also a kitchen available that volunteers can use with fridges, microwaves and basic utensils.
The hostel has shared bathrooms, separated by gender, equipped with western toilets and showers. Bedding and towels are provided for each volunteer. Local staff do clean the accommodation throughout the week, though volunteers are required to keep their rooms tidy.
Volunteers are provided with breakfast, lunch, and dinner every day. Breakfast is self-served at the volunteer accommodation and includes cereals, butter, marmalade, cream cheese, ham, milk, coffee, juice and bread. Lunch and dinner are also provided in the restaurant and volunteers have the choice between a meat, fish, vegetarian and pizza option.
Tap water is safe to drink in Croatia and while we encourage volunteers to bring a reusable drink bottle to minimise the consumption of single-use plastics, bottled water is readily available if you prefer. You should budget approximately £4 per week for this.
Due 30 days before you start, or within 48 hours if you register inside of 30 days. Covers the cost of hosting you.
|1 week||£779 Equivalent to £112/day|
|2 weeks||£1293 Equivalent to £93/day|
|3 weeks||£1807 Equivalent to £87/day|
|4 weeks||£2406 Equivalent to £86/day|
|5 weeks||£3004 Equivalent to £86/day|
|6 weeks||£3602 Equivalent to £86/day|
|8 weeks||£4631 Equivalent to £83/day|
- 24/7 in-country support
- In-country program orientation
- Pre-departure support from your Program Manager
- Airport pick-up
- Personalized preparation tools, guides and check lists
- Access to IVHQ’s preferred insurance and flights partners
- Certificate of International Volunteering
- All programs attract a Registration Fee of £251 in addition to the Program Fee. This covers all pre-departure support services. IVHQ fees are priced in USD but you may elect to pay in GBP.
- A 5% international banking fee is added at point of payment.
- Additional things to budget for include: Visa, flights, travel insurance (mandatory), vaccinations, criminal background check, public transport to and from your placement each day and return to the airport when your program finishes.
- Recommended spending money: Volunteers in Croatia generally find US$80 to be sufficient for basic weekly expenses.
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Safety and support
IVHQ follows best practice and industry-leading health and safety procedures, which are regularly reviewed and optimized as part of the B Corporation recertification.
- All volunteers encouraged to complete our interactive pre-departure training.
- All local teams trained on best practice volunteer management & First Aid.
- All IVHQ programs are required to adhere to IVHQ's Risk Management Policy.
- All volunteers have access to 24/7 in-country support from our local team.
Protecting against COVID-19:
Volunteers tested for COVID-19 within 72 hours of travel
Health & safety information provided during orientation
Strict disinfecting standards for programs & accomodation
Greater physical distance between volunteers
Essential country information
|Currency||Croatian Kuna (HRK)|
Weather and climate
The Adriatic coast of Croatia, where our volunteer program is based, enjoys a Mediterranean climate of cool, rainy winters and hot, dry summers. Temperatures in Split range from 41°F to 50°F (5°C to 10°C) in winter and 79°F to 86°F (26°C to 30°C) in the summer, which runs from June to August.